Patterson-UTI 1Q16: $70M Loss, Rig Counts Down, Still Bleeding

Patterson-UTI logoEach month MDN tracks the number of active rigs deployed by oilfield services drilling company Patterson-UTI Energy (see our Patterson-UTI stories here). Patterson deploys a number of rigs in the Marcellus/Utica, so we use them as a proxy for trends in rig counts in our region. The news has not been good for Patterson. The most recent monthly count, for March, was it’s lowest yet (see How Low Can it Go? Patterson-UTI Rig Count Plunges to 64 in March). Yesterday Patterson issued its first quarter 2016 update, and the news was, well, not very good. The company lost $70.5 million in 1Q16, compared with making $9.1 million in 1Q15. Revenues were WAY down–from $658 million in 1Q15 to $269 million in 1Q16. Ouch. Management expects to see a further 20% decline in the second quarter. Here’s the full, sad story…

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